1975 Lancia Beta vs. 1976 Datsun 260Z

To start off, 1976 Datsun 260Z is newer by 1 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1975 Lancia Beta. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1975 Lancia Beta would be higher. At 2,565 cc (6 cylinders), 1976 Datsun 260Z is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1976 Datsun 260Z (163 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 48 more horse power than 1975 Lancia Beta. (115 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1976 Datsun 260Z should accelerate faster than 1975 Lancia Beta. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1976 Datsun 260Z weights approximately 40 kg more than 1975 Lancia Beta. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1976 Datsun 260Z is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 1976 Datsun 260Z. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1975 Lancia Beta, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 1976 Datsun 260Z (213 Nm @ 4400 RPM) has 37 more torque (in Nm) than 1975 Lancia Beta. (176 Nm @ 2800 RPM). This means 1976 Datsun 260Z will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1975 Lancia Beta. 1976 Datsun 260Z has automatic transmission and 1975 Lancia Beta has manual transmission. 1975 Lancia Beta will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 1976 Datsun 260Z will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1975 Lancia Beta 1976 Datsun 260Z
Make Lancia Datsun
Model Beta 260Z
Year Released 1975 1976
Body Type Hatchback Hatchback
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1995 cc 2565 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 115 HP 163 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5600 RPM
Torque 176 Nm 213 Nm
Torque RPM 2800 RPM 4400 RPM
Engine Bore Size 84 mm 83 mm
Engine Stroke Size 90 mm 79 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 8.9:1 8.3:1
Top Speed 180 km/hour 204 km/hour
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 2 seats
Number of Doors 3 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 1060 kg 1100 kg
Vehicle Length 4290 mm 4135 mm
Vehicle Width 1660 mm 1630 mm
Vehicle Height 1330 mm 1290 mm
Wheelbase Size 2550 mm 2310 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 51 L 60 L


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